13 January 2018


Mujuru Speaks On Future Plans




Newly — NEWLY-elected Basketball Union of Zimbabwe president Joe Mujuru has set his eyes on taking the development of the sport to all the country's 10 provinces to ensure they have vibrant structures. Mujuru takes over from Addison Chiware, who has been at the helm of BUZ for the past decade after winning Saturday's elections held in Kwekwe.
Under Chiware BUZ has largely remained stagnant with very little to shout about and now attention will be on Mujuru to steer the ship to new heights. Prior to becoming president he was the secretary-general for the last four years. Mujuru accumulated 11 votes to beat veteran administrator and Cameo Sigauke director Roderick Takawira, who was also vying to lead the basketball mother body and got one vote.
Mujuru said although provinces such as Harare and Bulawayo have active structures, BUZ needs to take it to the next level by ensuring all provinces are operating at the same level.
"Our business as BUZ is to see to it that we have strong national teams in place. Development has got to spread, I know Harare is doing a good job, Bulawayo is doing a good job, Midlands and Manicaland are doing a good job. We need to now spread those development programmes seriously, as serious as they are in Harare and Bulawayo, to be that serious in Matabeleland North and Mashonaland East, that's as far as development is concerned.

Nigeria: D' Tigers to Open Camp With Home-Based Players for 2019 World Cup Qualifiers




The Nigeria Basketball Federation has said that plans are in progress to ensure the male basketball team gets the best assistance to qualify for the 2019 World cup.
D Tigers who will begin their quest for the world cup ticket next year February, according to the NBFF will open camp with domestic players early enough before their foreign counterparts join the team.
NBBF stated that the board would also roll out plans on its activities by January to enable sponsors and stakeholders in the dunking game gear up to make sure basketball excel in 2018.
The Federation declared that the national basketball teams coaches have started making arrangements to get the best players to battle for the world cup ticket.
A statement by the body reads: "D Tigers would begin preparations for the world cup ticket early February with domestic players because the foreign based players would be in action for their various clubs at that time. So they will join the team as preparations progresses.
"The NBFF would announce its activities by January. Also plans are on deck to ensure the male and female basketball league get a new look next year."
Nigeria will be contending in group B which consist of Mali, Rwanda and Uganda in the World Cup qualifiers. The games will hold from February 23 to 25.


TBF Selects 33 for National Team




THE Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) has selected a 33- strong national Basketball squad team from the recently held Taifa Cup competition held at the National Indoor Stadium and ABC courts in Dar es Salaam.
The list of players released by TBF, had most of the best players picked from the national level events. The players are Musa Chacha (Mbeya), Johson Chang'a (Iringa), Alinani Andrew (Dar ), Mohamed Muzamily (Zanzibar), Juma Mbele (Zanzibar), Mohamed Yusuph (Songwe), Yassir Shaib (Zanzibar), Baraka Sadick (Songwe), Erick John (Dar), Saudi Ulanga (Mbeya), Stephano Mshana (Dar) and Charles Dismas (Shinyanga). Others are Salim Mchemba (Tabora), Cornelius Mgaza (Songwe), Quareish Sylvester (Singida), Rashid Yakoub (Dar), Christian Jackson (Arusha), Fadhili Chuma (Mbeya), Amin Mkosa (Songwe), Haji Mbegu (Arusha), Amira Saleh (Zanzibar) and Godfrey Swai (Songwe).
The squad also contains Ally Hamza (Arusha), Juma Kissoky (Mbeya), Mwalim Kheri (Mbeya), Jackson Brown (Dar), Omar Omar (Zanzibar ), Murshid Mudricat (Dar), Isaya Aswile (Mbeya), Abdul Kihango (Arusha), Gwalugano John (Iringa), Malaika Ndosi (Songwe) and Bayu Bayu (Arusha).
Taifa Cup, which was the year-ender basketball event attracted 21 teams from 16 regions of Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar. At the end Mbeya emerged overall champions over the second Songwe. Dar es Salaam claimed the third place.
In women category which brought together five teams, Dar es Salaam were champions while Mbeya and Zanzibar Urban West from Zanzibar scooped second and third slots respectively. After the competition, Musa Chacha from Mbeya was voted the most valued player while Murshid Mudricat from Dar es Salaam and Baraka Sadick from Songwe were voted best defender and best scorer of the competition accordingly.


  •  UGANDA  : 

    City Oilers one win away from 5th National Basketball League title

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  • City Oilers 52-46 KIU Titans | Oilers lead series 3-0

© Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
Jimmy Enabu
City Oilers could be crowned National Basketball League champions for the fifth time on Friday night.
The four-time league winners scrapped through to a 52-46 win over KIU Titans on Wednesday night to improve to 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.
Oilers who are desperate to get done with the series started strong with James Okello tormenting KIU’s interior with two quick baskets and the champions went on to win the opening quarter 16-9 as Titans’ offense was at premium.
While Titans played better defensively in the second quarter, offense remained stagnated and bettered the first quarter by just a point despite limiting Oilers to 11 points.
The third quarter was better for KIU and came within a point before giving up a pair of throws to Tony Drileba (9 points) to trail by 3 heading into the final quarter.
Oilers experience once again came into play in the final quarter as thy managed to hold on to their lead through to the final buzzer.
Jimmy Enabu (13 points) led Oilers, Okello added 10 points and picked 7 rebounds while Landry Ndikumana grabbed 25 rebounds.
Chris Omanye (10 points), Michael Bwanga (9) and Sudi Ulanga (8) paced Titans in a losing effort.


Wayland Baptist University
Samuel Kalwanyi dunks over Dedrian Parmer
Samuel Kalwanyi made his second start of the season as Wayland Baptist University defeated University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma 96-74 at Hutcherson Center on Thursday.
The Ugandan center alongside five other Pioneers scored in double figures as No. 21 Wayland recorded their second successive win.
Wayland advanced to 11-3 and 4-2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference basketball race while USAO dropped to 12-3 and 3-3.

10 January 2018

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04 May 2016

KENYA - Resilient Equity Bank Fall to Ulinzi Warriors

By francis marangu
Apr 24, 2016
  • Eric Mutoro scored 18 points for Ulinzi Warriors against Equity Bank.
Equity Bank’s resilience crumbled in the final moments as they lost 73-80 to defending champions Ulinzi Warriors in a Kenya Basketball Federation men's premier league game played on Friday night.
The bankers kept pace with the champions by playing from the three-point line scoring 21 points against 12. On the other end, Ulinzi capitalized on shooting fouls to answer back the bankers scoring 18 free shots against 10. First quarter was competitive and high scoring closing with a 25-25 tie.
Equity took a 3-0 lead but scores tied 5-5 after Richard Osano fired a three-pointer for Ulinzi. Osano, who is making a comeback to Ulinzi after recovering from a back injury, scored a second three-pointer to give Ulinzi a 8-5 lead.
He scored all the opening points for Ulinzi. It was level again 8-8 with Ian Wachiye making a three-pointer for Equity but a three-point play from William Ochieng gave Ulinzi a 11-8 lead. They went on to dominate until 1:10 on the clock when Ken Wena made a basket for Equity to tie 22-22.
Ulinzi then earned a shooting foul but Ochieng made one free shot to make it 23-22. Fred Lugasi sunk a three-pointer for 25-23 to Equity but Ochieng leveled with a basket as the quarter closed. Victor Odendo’s three-point play gave Ulinzi a 28-25 lead when second quarter began.
The soldiers went on to open a 12-point lead at 45-33 and won the quarter 22-12 to lead 47-37 at halftime. With good rebounding from Frank Manyala, Equity came out strongly in third quarter to win 18-13 and trail by five points going to fourth quarter at 55-60.
Bankers cut the deficit
At one point, Ulinzi led by 15 points at 52-37 but a three-point shot each from Wachie, Lugasi and Enock Ogecha helped the bankers cut the deficit by 10 points. With 2:11 to play in fourth quarter, Ulinzi was leading 72-71 but simple errors saw Equity fall back quickly to lose by seven points.
Ulinzi won the quarter 20-18. Ochieng top scored for Ulinzi with 22 points while Eric Mutoro added 18. Lugasi scored 15 for Equity and Brian Obimbo added 14.
Trailblazers remain winless after going down 63-75 to Nairobi City Thunder. They left it late to make a comeback with a 22-12 win in fourth quarter after Thunder had done all the damage with scores of 23-12, 16-14 and 24-15 in the first three quarters respectively.
Griffin Ligare scored 22 points for Thunder and Kevin Chogo added 16 with Charles Kituyi scoring 12. David Otieno top scored for Trailblazers with 19 points.
Action continues over the weekend as Nakuru Club travels to Nairobi to play Lions and Thunder. There will be a “siblings derby” when Strathmore University play Blades on Sunday while Strathmore will have a second fixture against Trailblazers.
In women's Premier League, Masaku Sparks plays Eagle Wings as Co-operative Bank comes up against Storms and Western Delight hosts Strathmore University.
Fixtures
Sunday: Western Delight vs Strathmore University (10 a.m., KPC), Zetech University vs Gladiators (9 a.m., Nyayo gymnasium), 4-Christ vs KAA (10:30), Co-op Bank vs Storms (12 p.m.), Strathmore vs Blades (2 p.m.), Thunder vs Nakuru Club (4 p.m.)

20 April 2016

RWANDA - Mushumba cautions players after UGB win

Sunday
UR- CASS 71-68 UGB
University of Rwanda- College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR- CASS) basketball club head coach Charles Mushumba has challenged his players to stay focused and avoid complacency after a win over UGB on Sunday.
The Huye-based varsity side upset United Generation Basketball (UGB) club in a hard fought 71-68 victory before a packed UR- CASS gymnasium. UGB claimed the first, third and fourth quarters 14-10, 22-20 and 23-20 but Mushumba’s side won the second quarter 21-9 by a big margin to win the game.
Regis Gatoto scored the game high 23 points but the one-man efforts were not enough to save the day for UGB.
Plaisir Ntaganzwa (15 points) and Edmond Joie Igabe (14 points) combined for a total 29 points in UR- CASS’s narrow victory.
“I’m happy for my men. They did incredibly great. It was not easy to defeat UGB who were fresh from beating Espoir. Nonetheless, we need to stay keen and focus on the remaining fixtures, there is no room for complacency,” Mushumba said.
UR- CASS will be hosting the four-time reigning champions Espoir on Saturday and the team is in upbeat mood to stun the Nyamirambo-based giants. Espoir are top of the table with 26 points while UR- CASS stands 7th with 19 points.

09 March 2016

GAMBIA - Domestic Basektball League in Full Swing


The 2015 domestic National Male and Female Basketball Leagues, organised by The Gambia Basketball Association (GBA) are in full swing at the Indepdence Stadium in Bakau.
Eleven male teams and five female teams are competing in the separate leagues and according to the GBA President Muhammed Papa Njie, the league is progressing well. He, however lamented that sponsors are not forthcoming and appealed for support from public and private sectors to sponsor the league.
In the games played over the weekend, on Friday, YMCA girls won Late Babou Sowe female team 61-31; Serrekunda West boys defeated Old School 90-74.
On Saturday, Kotu Ninja lost to Banjul United by 78-70; YMCA thrashed Lamin 20-0 and Kotu United won Brikama United by 77-68.
Finally on Sunday, Bakau United basketball team lost to Old School by 64-86 and Serrekunda West proved too strong for Kotu Ninja after a 81-65 win.
Games resume today (Tuesday) with Kotu United taking on Vicotry Creators. The Sateba Basektball team take on the Capital Basketball team tomorrow (Wednesaday) and Old School will take on YMCA on Thursday.
All games are taking place at the Independence Stadium.

01 March 2016

RWANDA - IPRC-South step up preps ahead of Espoir clash


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At 26-years old, Bineza is the youngest head coach in the local league. (R. Bishumba)
National basketball league title hopefuls IPRC-South have intensified preparations ahead of their league clash against defending champions Espoir when the second round gets underway on Saturday at Amahoro indoors stadium.
Should IPRC- South win the game, it will be a third consecutive victory over the four-time reigning champions since last November. The Huye-based outfit beat Espoir 83-64 in the preseason tournament final on November 22, 2015 and 64-55 in the league earlier this month.
Speaking to Times Sport on Saturday, Didier Bineza, the IPRC-South head coach said the team is training more seriously than the usual and players understand well the meaning and magnitude of the game.
“We are doing all we can to be in the best shape possible for the game, players and the coaching staff are up for the task. We still have a week to prepare and players,” said Bineza, who, at 26-year old, is the youngest head coach in the local league.
Asked if he is contented with his current squad and if he doesn’t need any new signing before the start of the league second round, Bineza said, “We are doing just fine, we would love to have two new signings, a point-guard and center but we can’t afford them right now.”
As it stands, unbeaten Patriots BBC top the table with 18 points, IPRC- South with one point behind in second place, Espoir are third with 16 points while IPRC-Kigali sit on fourth position with 15 points, one head of fifth-placed APR.
Last year’s first runners-up and currently struggling Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) are rooted at the bottom of the ten-team league table with 8 points.
editorial@newtimes.co.rw

22 February 2016

RWANDA - Hoops league: Narrow win angers Owuor

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Owuor (in cap) said he was not impressed with his team's performance following a 72-71 win over UGB. (File)
Saturday
APR 72-71 UGB
Espoir 94-41 U18 Boys Team
APR Basketball Club coach Cliff Owuor has said he was not impressed with his team’s performance following a one-point margin win over United Generation Basketball (UGB) in a league game played on Saturday at UR- CST courts.
Owuor’s youthful side narrowly beat UGB 72-71 to move to a 5:4 win ratio this season but stayed in fifth place in the ten-team league table after nine games.
APR dominated the first quarter 22-8 and narrowly won the second 16-15, but UGB recovered in the second half to win third and fourth quarters 22-18 and 26-16 respectively.
Frank Nshimiyimana of APR scored the game high 22 points while Eric Munyaneza added 20 points for the 2010 champions.
“The performance was far from impressive; we almost lost the game despite a huge half-time lead. Clearly something is wrong and we need to address it urgently. We need to work on the mistakes we’ve made today and do better next time,” Owuor told Times Sport.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Four-time reigning champions, Espoir defeated the U18 Boys Team 94-41 to take their win ratio to 6:2 and cut the gap on table leaders Patriots to four points.
As it stands, Patriots top the table with maximum 18 points, one point better than IPRC-South in second place. IPRC-Kigali occupy third with 15 points while Jean Bahufite’s Espoir sit in fourth place 14 points and a game in hand.
editorial@newtimes.co.rw

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